Arkansas Law Review

The Arkansas Law Review is a student-edited law journal that publishes scholarly articles on state and national legal issues. Affiliated with the University of Arkansas (UA) School of Law in Fayetteville (Washington County), the journal is published four times each year by the nonprofit Arkansas Law Review, Inc. Each issue contains articles authored by legal scholars or practicing attorneys, as well as student-authored comments and notes on recent legal developments.

The Arkansas Law Review published its first issue in January 1947, replacing the University of Arkansas Law School Bulletin, which had been published intermittently since 1929. Dean Robert A. Leflar of the UA School of Law was instrumental in the establishment of the journal. From its inception until the late 1960s, the journal regularly included Arkansas Bar Association news and reports; that material is now published in the association’s quarterly Arkansas Lawyer magazine. Since the 1960s, the Arkansas Law Review has primarily published traditional law journal articles, focusing on significant legal questions and developments that are relevant to practicing attorneys. Prominent legal scholars and national figures who have published articles or remarks in the journal include U.S. chief justice Warren Burger, California chief justice Roger Traynor, and U.S. solicitor general Archibald Cox, as well as the dean of the College of Law at the University of California at Berkley, William Prosser.

The Arkansas Law Review devotes one issue each year to a symposium on a timely legal topic. The symposium issue contains comments and articles based on oral presentations given at UA by leading scholars, lawyers, and public officials. Symposium issue topics have included constitutional law, conflict of laws, estate planning and administration, agricultural law, affirmative action, oil and gas law, access to education, Native American law, and the American presidency.

The Arkansas Law Review is managed by an editorial staff of University of Arkansas law students, under the supervision of a faculty advisor. The journal’s editorial board and staff consist of approximately forty-five second- and third-year law students, who select and edit the law review’s content. New issues are disseminated to print subscribers, as well as electronically on the Arkansas Law Review website and through online legal databases such as Westlaw and Lexis.

For additional information:
Arkansas Law Review. (accessed September 9, 2021).

Bird, Allen W., II “The History of the Arkansas Law Review.” Arkansas Law Review 50, no. 1 (1996–97): 5–28.

Dustin Buehler
University of Arkansas School of Law


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